I love morning. It’s my favorite time of day and I was not always a morning person. I had my fair share of days where I stayed in bed until 11am and anything that needed to occur before that time was near impossible to do. But I’m so glad I became a morning person because I get so much done right after waking up. It’s important to start your day off with healthy habits because it will set the tone for the rest of the day. Monica over at Fit Girl’s Diary agrees with me there. Her post about morning habits is also a great one to check out. They are not all the same as mine, for sure! Different things work for different people. I’m here to share with you what works for me.
1. Get Up Early
The earlier you get up, the more time you have to be productive and the less rushed you are. I like having time to sip my coffee, plan my day, and make breakfast. Some mornings I get up a little earlier to squeeze in a quick workout. But in order to do so I also make sure I’m going to bed early.
2. Stop Hitting Snooze
Waking up early doesn’t work if you don’t actually get out of bed. As soon as my alarm goes off I dismiss it and hop out of bed. I am the type that finds it hard to fall back asleep anyway, especially when I know I should be up getting ready. I just get anxiety thinking about being late or having to rush out the door so there’s no point in me hitting snooze. If you are a habitual snoozer, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than you need to get up. BOOM – you’re awake on time now!
3. Drink Water
Chug some water as soon as you wake up. Your body will thank you.
4. Make a To-Do List
I use my Bullet Journal to make my daily to-do list. It usually includes everything I need to do after work that day (but sometimes I’m able to cross things off before I head out the door, like take out the trash). I find it really helpful in remembering the little things and keeping up with chores.
I don’t do this every morning but before I was strength training I did. I would do a quick 15-20 minute HIIT workout every single morning and it was a great way to start the day, but with all the time I’m spending in the gym now I don’t need it as much. I still do it about twice a week though because I like starting my day with exercise! It also makes the getting out of bed easier because I know if I want time for my workout I have to get up right now. Those mornings always end up being more efficient too even though I took extra time to workout.
6. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Eating breakfast is probably one of my most important healthy habits. I just can’t function until I eat something and breakfast is also my favorite so I really enjoy getting up and making something delicious. I have so many go-to breakfast recipes I usually just wing it and go with what I’m in the mood for. Some suggestions for healthy breakfasts:
- scrambled eggs with turkey bacon (peanut butter or avocado toast on the side if you need it!)
- protein shakes
- Parfait (fruit, yogurt, and granola)
- avocado toast (so many things you can do with it)
Check out Healthy Breakfasts in Under 10 Minutes for more!
If you really are short on time in the mornings it might be wise to prepare some grab and go breakfasts. Egg muffins, hard boiled eggs, and overnight oats are all good ideas! You can cook up a large batch of turkey bacon or sausage one day too and just pop that stuff in the microwave.
7. Tidy Up
This is one of those healthy habits that is time-permitting. At least place your breakfast dishes in the sink and straighten up a little so you can come home to a neat house/apartment. It’s a nice feeling coming home and NOT having to clean things at the end of a long day.
8. Pack a Lunch
Or in my case, back three lunches. I eat 6 times a day and 3 of them are while I’m at work. It takes a lot of planning and some meals are prepped ahead of time, but every morning I make sure I’ve got my 3 meals with me. As I write this I’m actually eating a tuna wrap with spinach, cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. Yum! Things I typically bring with me:
Leftovers of whatever meal I cooked (usually I cook 2 meals a week. 1 for dinner, 1 for lunch)
Wraps (tuna or shredded chicken with any desired fillings)
Turkey Pepperoni, Low fat cheese wedge and Triscuits
Veggies and Hummus
Protein Bar (for training days)
Spinach salads (with chicken, tuna, or chickpeas for protein)
9. Follow a Routine
Healthy habits only become habits when you repeat them daily. So stick to a routine! It helps with efficiency and esnures I won’t be late to work. I know what I should be doing at what times of the morning to stay on track and get out the door on time because there are just too many things that can distract me.
It’s important to stick with your routine on the weekends too otherwise Monday mornings just suck. I will sleep in an hour or two more on the weekends but I’m still up around 7 to make breakfast and get started with my day! Weekends are for all the fun things I don’t have time for during the week so I have to make the most of them.
10. Turn off/Unplug All Electronics
I don’t unplug everything like they say you should to eliminate that “phantom electricity” that apparently occurs when things are plugged in but not switched on. However, I make sure my computer is powered down, my A/C or heat is turned down, and all the lights are switched off. I live alone so if I’m not there, nobody is using that electricity I’m paying for. It’s kind of common sense, but making it a part of your routine ensures you won’t forget and accidentally leave a light on all day.
So these are the things I do every morning that set me up for a successful, healthy day. Everybody has their own routine but if you struggle to start your days off right, try out some of these. A complete overhaul isn’t necessary. Just take some baby steps until you have some of these healthy habits ingrained into your routine!